26th Arab Film Festival

Perhaps What I Fear Does Not Exist

Expired November 21, 2022 7:59 AM
Already unlocked? for access

After the film, learn more about filmmaker Corine Shawi and her work in a conversation with Raed Rafei available online here.

When her father becomes suddenly paralyzed, the filmmaker spends four years in between hospitals finding shelter behind her camera away from a family tragedy. Rehabilitation centers, cemeteries, love making, VR experiments, fervent prayers and voice notes are the record of a filmmaker’s journey trying to amend the impossible: finding absolution for a broken family by making her father walk again.

Festivals & Awards:

Dok.Leipzig Fim Festival 2022

About the filmmaker:

 Lebanese filmmaker Corine Shawi directed her first feature documentary Les Femmes bonnes from 2000 to 2006 observing the life of Doulika and other Sri Lankan women. She then directed several short documentaries. Daniela (2006) questions the body and gender identity, Oxygen (2007) urges her family to discuss a taboo matter, Affinity (2007) reflects on friendship’s boundaries, Film of welcome and farewells (2009) depicts loneliness, fragmentation and death in Copenhagen (selected at the Lebanese Film Festival and les Écrans du Réel). Je t’aime infiniment (2010) co-directed with Nikolaj B.S. Larsen examines solitude and sadness (premiered in CPH:DOX). e muet (2013), concerned with friendship, love and its expression, premiered in FID Marseille international competition & got screened in MK2 Beaubourg, KVIFF, JCC – Tunis among other festivals.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    72 minutes
  • Language
    Arabic, French, English
  • Country
  • Premiere
    United States Premiere
  • Director
    Corine Shawi
  • Producer
    Myriam Sassine